The Happiest Place On Earth, Sort Of

Abby Zimet

When Walt Disney long ago declared Disneyland "would encompass
the essence of the things that were good and true in American life," he
probably didn't have in mind increased workloads, back injuries and
inadequate health care for the mostly Hispanic housekeepers of his
glitzy hotels. Union hotel workers will start a hunger strike next week in front of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel to draw attention to a bitter two-year contract dispute over health care and workloads, including having to make ever-larger beds in 14 rooms each with nine-pound quilts.

"It's too much work for us," said Maria Navarro in Spanish. "We protest, but they don't pay attention to us."

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